Best cheap distortion pedals 2024: get your perfect rock tone for less money

Distortion is, arguably, the most widely used effect in the guitar world. From a light sprinkle of grit to dank, overly saturated fuzz, the best cheap distortion pedals we're looking at today will take the sound of your guitar to another level, using some of the simplest and most effective methods imaginable, and for less money than you'd expect.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.